Get Answers to Your Yard and Garden Questions

Dead spots in the lawn, shrubs to prune, insects on garden vegetables, unidentified blooming flowers – these are all things that prompt Iowans to call their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office for consumer horticulture questions.

Six county extension councils in northeast Iowa are making sure those questions get answers by allocating staff time to offer direct assistance for homeowners.  Bob Hauer is a horticulturist hired by Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw, Fayette, Floyd and Winneshiek counties to offer horticulture programming and diagnostics for local horticulture issues.  

Hauer is available to answer questions on a wide variety of issues affecting trees, shrubs, vegetables and lawns.  County Extension offices can refer more specific questions to Hauer for assistance or questions can be emailed to  

ISU Extension and Outreach has additional gardening resources available for Iowans. People may call the ISU Extension Hortline from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515-294-3108.  In addition, the yard and garden news columns, ISU Extension online store, ISU Horticulture Web page and Horticulture and Home Pest News are places to find answers.

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